H.E. SUSAN SHABANGU

HONOURABLE MINISTER OF WOMEN IN THE PRESIDENCY, SOUTH AFRICA

Ms Susan Shabangu is the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women since 2014. From 2009 to 201, she was the Minister of Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa. She is also a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Working Committee and a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

Her Excellency was active in the anti-apartheid struggle and played some key roles and held a number of influential positions. She was the assistant secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women. In 1981 she was an active member of the Anti-Republic Campaign Committee and she was involved in the formation of the Release Mandela Campaign Committee (RMC) in 1982.

From 198 to 1985, she was an Organiser and Administrator for the Amalgamated Black Worker's Project. She was also a representative of the Transport and General Worker's Union at the Industrial Council; and a National Women's Co-ordinator for the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G). She was also a member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) National Women's Sub-Committee working with women's issues and representing the T&G on National level. She was involved in the voter education programme with COSATU National Election Task Team aimed at workers during the election campaign.

She served in the ANC National Election Steering Committee and was elected at a COSATU Special Congress as a regional candidate to the National Assembly in 1994. Ms Shabangu was an Advisor to the September Commission assigned to look at the future of the unions during transitional stage and later she became a Member of Parliament. She has actively participated in committees such as Labour, Transport and Trade and Industry during that period.